A Quiet Place(2018)
If they hear you, they hunt you.
John Krasinski (The Office) directs, co-writes and stars alongside Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) in this horror in which a family must stay silent to hide from deadly creatures that hunt by sound.... More
Set in the very near future, a rural American family has adapted to a world now inhabited by a plague of vicious killing machines that have brought down modern civilisation. Living their lives in near silence to escape detection by the monsters' super-hearing, parents and children struggle with domestic life as well as the need to remain human in the face of unstoppable creatures trying to snuff out their existence.Hide
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BY Katie Parker Flicks Writer
Sound has always been an essential element of cinematic horror: a buzzing chainsaw; a creaky door; a humming, Edwardian child; what is heard is always more terrifying that what is seen, and, done right, what is not heard is scariest of all. A Quiet Place takes this to an extreme, setting itself in a world where survival is only possible in complete and utter silence.... More
Taking place in a not so distant future in which the world has been overrun by large, mysterious spider-like creatures that hunt via their excellent hearing, A Quiet Place follows a family of four as they attempt to live their lives without making a sound, a task made considerably more difficult by their soon-to-be-born third child.
Directed by and starring The Office alum John Krasinski alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, it is a subtle, simple story that wisely allows the concept to do most of the talking. With almost wordless performances, sound is used carefully, strategically and sometimes eschewed altogether for scenes from the perspective of the couple’s deaf teenage daughter (a part played with admirable intensity by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, who taught the cast the sign language used throughout).
Coupled with a patient, lingering camera, some nicely restrained CGI, and naturalistic performances, the result is almost unbearable suspense whereby even scenes of total banality are permeated with creeping dread as we wait for the inevitable moments in which the silence is broken.
Like 2017’s much-lauded It Comes at Night, A Quiet Place seeks to examine the intimate domestic disasters caused by an apocalyptic global event. Unlike the former, however, it is with a kind of optimistic humanism that Krasinski approaches the survivalist narrative, something which, thankfully, saves it from becoming yet another ‘people are the real monsters’ flick. As a group of people struggling to repress something so instinctive and intuitive in times of distress, Krasinski, Blunt, and co. are most tested by finding ways to express their love for one another - a sentiment that pairs nicely with the gruesome violence constantly looming.
Of course it’s not perfect and, for all the care and subtlety put into the technical aspects of the film, Krasinski has a tendency to lay it on a little thick plot-wise: a father-daughter rift, a sticky-uppy floorboard nail, a big white board with maybe a few too many clues written on it, are all things that we could have done without.
As a cinematic experience A Quiet Place is more a physical than an intellectual one and, as is often the case with such things, once the tension wears off it is easy to nit-pick. Yet, as a simple, modern horror, A Quiet Place demonstrates a deft and canny ability to turn the minutiae of everyday monotony into the stuff of nightmares.Hide
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BY Lucy-Power superstar
Overall I enjoyed A Quiet Place. I thought the concept was unique for a feature-length movie, and it was well-acted and executed. The lack of sounds was used to great effect. However, the characters were quite one-dimensional and the attempts at more in-depth relationships felt forced and superficial. I also didn't find it scary - some tense moments to be sure, but it felt more like watching the scene in Jurassic Park when the velociraptors are on the loose!
BY Barny lister
A Quite Place doesn't mess around. In the opening scene the table is set: scary monsters have taken over... More the world and are killing everyone, bummer. They may be blind but hunt aided by their scary ear thingys. So if you talk too loud, use cellphones or chew popcorn insistently, I will shush you - or get up and change seats and...um, where was I?
For a movie that's prominently dialogue free - the characters communicate with sign language - it is incredibly engaging as we follow the survival of a small family with another on the way. The soundproof nursery and method for keeping baby quite during the night is ingenious and will no doubt lead to copy-cat mishaps. Visually, the film is a knockout and thick with atmosphere and while I often find jump scares to be a cheap trick the inevitable moments that come in a film that's mostly quite, were logical, clever and got me reeeal good a couple of times.
Let's talk about the sound design. It was flippin' awesome, I never thought the noise of someone being ripped apart off screen could be so harrowing.
Howwwwwever A Quite Place didn't spook me the way The Witch or It Follows did, The suspense isn't really scary, instead we're treated to grim foreboding and escalating squirmy dread as the characters who for the most part have good heads on their shoulders (while they do) end up knocking over loud objects and stubbing toes.
I was into it though, and so was everyone else. I forgot about shushing anyone as the whole theatre broke into moments of collective "Oh Nose!" and frightened whispering time and time again.
Which made it all good fun. And that's what a horror movie should be.Hide
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